In 2012, Brazilian football saw a new generation of Brazilian youngsters come to the fore.
The likes of Oscar, Rômulo and (to some extent) Sandro have made the step up to stardom, leaving behind the tag of “promising youngster” to play major roles with both their clubs and the national team.
Defining the words “emerge” and “star” will always be tricky. However, for the purposes of this article, I intend to look at those players who should build upon their current status to fulfil one of three criteria.
Next year, I believe the players listed have the potential to either:
- Make an impact with the national team
- Attract major European interest
- Star at the coming major Under-20 international tournaments.
So, with that cleared up, which eight young players could make a substantial impact in 2013?